Grab a rosary and put it down in front of you. This will be much easier if you can visualize what I am saying. The rosary visually represents a very important Old Testament event and spiritually is still used the same way today!
The first part of the rosary is the Crucifix. Most people do not realize this but the Israelites were encamped around the Ark of the Covenant in the form of a cross. In the middle was the Ark which was surrounded on all sides by the priests and Levites. They will represent Christ’s body on the crucifix.
Now for the cross. In early Biblical times things were orientated from east to west–from the rising of the sun to the setting as opposed to our modern north-south orientation. To the east, Judah, Issachar, and Zebulon totaled 185,000 people. (the bottom of the cross), to the west, Ephraim, Manasseh, and Benjamin totaled 108,000 (the top of the cross), to the south Reuben, Simeon, and Gad totaled 151,000 (the right side of the cross) and to the north Dan, Asher and Naphtali totaled 157,000 (the left side of the cross) It is not a perfect cross but very close to a crucifix if you consider the Ark of the Covenant and the Levites being in the center.
Now Joshua and the people were ordered to attack the city of Jericho, an impossible enemy stronghold, in a very specific way. They left the camp (the Crucifix) and walked a short distance to the Jericho. There they walked all the way around the city with the priests carrying the Ark of the Covenant in front of them. Your rosary is a visual representation of their footsteps in the sand.
Now we don’t have the Ark of the Covenant to carry around the enemy’s strongholds or do we? The Old Ark of the Covenant contained three things: the stone tablets with the 10 Commandments, some manna, and Aaron, the High Priest’s rod. The Ten Commandments were the Word of God made in stone by the finger of God. Manna was called the bread that came down from heaven.
Mary held within her, the Word of God made flesh and instead of manna, Jesus–the Bread of Life. Finally within her womb was the Eternal High Priest Jesus Christ. She has been called the Ark of the New Covenant. When we pray the rosary we encircle Satan’s strongholds with this new Ark.
The Israelites did this for six days and on the seventh day, they circled Jericho seven times. They blew trumpets and the stronghold fell!
My husband developed the Jericho prayer. Each day for the first six days, pray one rosary doing whichever set of mysteries you want. On the seventh day, pray seven rosaries. You can do this with the four sets of the mysteries of the rosary approved by the church just repeating whatever three you want, or you can use our three Old Testament mysteries that will give you the full scope of the Bible.
The Creation Mysteries: the Creation of Man, the Fall of Man, the Flood, the Priesthood of Melchizedek, and the Sacrifice of Isaac.
The Exodus Mysteries: the Burning Bush, the Plagues, the Passover, the Giving of the Law, and the Manna in the Desert.
The Kingdom Mysteries: the Kingship of David, the Building of the Temple, the Prophets, the Exile, and the Return from Exile.
Finish the last four rosaries with the Joyful, Luminous, Sorrowful, and Glorious mysteries. End with a mighty shout and bring down the strongholds of the enemy!
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